How to remove ‘Other’ files from iPhone and iPad

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All the iPhone users are familiar with “Other” files stored in their iPhones and iPads. Truth be told this category of file takes most of the storage of your device.

What is “Other” files ?

“Other” category on your iPhone and iPad is basically where all of your caches, settings preferences, saved messages, voice memos, all other data is stored. There is no simple way to identify and remove data in the Other storage category.

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How to see “Other” storage?

  1. Open the Settings app from Home screen.
  2. Tap  on General tab.
  3. Tap iPhone [or iPad] Storage.

The new screen would show you a grid of different colors and by side the categories would be written.

How to Clear “other” storage?

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As told above that this category contains the cache data, along with browsing data and other miscellaneous files

Deleting Safari Cache files

  1. Open the Settings app from the home screen.
  2. Tap  on General tab.
  3. Tap iPhone [or iPad] Storage tab.
  4. Scroll down and tap Safari.
  5. Tap Website Data
  6. Scroll down and tap on Remove all Website Data.
  7. Swipe to the left on Offline Reading List.
  8. Tap  on Delete.

Doing the above would certainly decrease the amount of memory Other category takes.

Other section grid
Other section grid

But by chance if you thinking to have more usable memory for yourself the best option is to opt for Cloud!

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  • Upload on Cloud: Beyond Apple’s services, there are several prominent online providers like Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft that let you work and store content in the Cloud. I personally use Google Photos to create backup of all photos on my iPhone, and once the backup is done i delete those pictures from the Gallery(its automated.. you just have to tap on the option Free X.XX GB space in Google Photos App)

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Dhaval is a tech geek who loves developing software, games and writing technical posts. In his free time, he loves to read novels.

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